Elsie, a small, cold, frightened little girl was the first to be rescued. Elsie was chained to a tire in the middle of nowhere without even the shelter of trees or buildings. Despite being very scared, she was very cooperative of our efforts to help her. When we brought Elsie into the warm vehicle, she curled up into a ball during the entire drive to her foster home.
Hope was next, an older looking Collie. She has a very haggard appearance. Her coat was dull, matted and tangled. She also appeared to be blind as her eye was very swollen and sore. It was evident that Hope had spent a very long period of time locked in one of the buildings with no heat or water. We based this assumption on the amount of feces that covered the floor and the number of scratch marks on the door.
Peanut, the smallest of the four, was terrified of us and had to be muzzled to contain her. She had been tied to a tree, just out of reach of a deck that could have sheltered her from the extreme cold.
Hope recently had surgery to remove her left eye. She has Glaucoma and the swelling and pain was unbearable. Since the surgery, she no longer pees her bed but she is still terrified of being indoors. Her fear is most likely the result of being locked in a building for a long period of time. Hope loves going for car rides and loves being with people. She is also a little hard of hearing. It is wonderful that she can now run and play and is no longer depressed and in constant pain. Sadly, Hope has to be on medication for the rest of her life to protect the health of her remaining eye. Elsie is thriving. Once she was given the opportunity to open up, she has become a wonderful little dog. She is very friendly and playful.
Peanut has made a complete turn around. During the first two weeks she was here, Peanut had absolutely no trust. Today she goes for long walks with her foster mom and other dogs. She is extremely loyal and lovable, listens very well, and gets along with other dogs. Peanut is still very scared of strangers, but has proved she can learn to trust again.